May 08, 2013

If you’ve read any of our blog, Twitter, Facebook, or newsletter postings then you know we’re big on privacy (in almost all forms). And we mean privacy from all snoopers, government & private (companies and/or individuals). We’re also realists – technology has changed the game to such a dramatic extent that our DNA might be the last bastion of personal privacy.

Oh wait, maybe not.

Art project or no, this raises the hair on the back of my neck. If this is what’s possible on such a small scale, does that mean our “friends” in government and corporate America already have these data as well? Can’t imagine Ms. Dewey-Hagborg is the only one to harness technology for a purpose. Question is, where does it go from here? Do we have to incinerate everything we throw out? Wear hazmat suits around all day? Gets more ridiculous on a daily basis.

Artist 3D-prints portraits from DNA left in public places

What say you?


May 03, 2013

I do not come here to bury Microsoft, but to offer some unsolicited advice.

As the author of the article below writes, Windows 8 offers great possibilities for the future, especially on touch devices. Problem is that most Windows users aren’t close to giving up their PC’s or laptops for a Surface or other such tablet. The tablet-as-PC-replacement is more a wish than a reality at this point. I can envision Microsoft’s thinking when they started developing Windows 8 and the Surface – they wanted to be the first to offer that tablet manna. Instead, they’ve offered their users a confusing and unfriendly operating system.

We have not sold a Windows 8 machine yet as we don’t think the majority of our users are ready for the changes, and they’re not looking to spend extra dollars to be trained on the OS. Given the speed of business now, users can’t be burdened with searching for applications or functions. Not only is that a waste of time, it’s trying on their patience and could materially impact their production.

What Microsoft did was take a leap in designing Windows 8 instead of implementing a transition. They went all in with a tablet-friendly design and thought the world would follow given the hype surrounding iPads and Droid tablets. What they missed was the majority of business is still being conducted on PC’s and laptops, and those machines are not touch-enabled. (SIDE NOTE – I have doubts as to whether your desk machine will ever be touch-enabled. Think of the current orientation of your desk and chair – does it lend itself to reaching out to touch your monitor?) A transition would have logically introduced new processes that users could adjust to as the form factor of their devices changed. I’ve always found higher user acceptance for modest, consistent change than dramatic, all-encompassing changes.

Again, I think Windows 8 will succeed. But it may also turn into one of those too-early advances that are appreciated way down the road (once they’re gone).

Windows 8 six months in: Thoughts from a power(less) user

What say you?